Sunday, June 7, 2009
Vans Book Signings with Alva, Caballero & Steve Van Doren
It’s been talked about for many years and now it’s finally come to life! On June 1, Vans released its first-ever book, Vans: Off the Wall, featuring 20-some-odd stories that collectively tell the story of the brand: from Rowley to Warped Tour, from Customs to Joel Tudor, from Alva and Cab to artist collabs. To celebrate the launch, Vans will be hosting book signings with skate legends Steve Caballero and Tony Alva and Vans namesake Steve Van Doren at Vans stores in Washington D.C., Houston and Dallas, as well as at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn. Tuesday night’s signing at powerHouse Arena will feature a special Q&A, followed by a signing, plus drinks, music and giveaways. Those interested in attending can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional book info and bonus content visit www.vans.com/vansbook
Zoo York's video, State of Mind had its world premiere in NYC last night and it seemed like the entire skateboard industry showed up to celebrate. The video, several years in the making, was amazing. Without letting the cat out of the bag, I will say that Brandon Westgate clearly earned his new pro model. That kid's pop is out of control. Zered Bassett is amazing and, though you've seen a lot of his bangers in interviews and photos that have emerged over the past few years, he's definitely got some gems in his part that hadn't seen the light of day yet. He holds it down.
The veterans of the team, Aaron Suski, Forrest Kirby, Kevin Taylor and Donny Barley all come through with solid footage and showcase why their positions on the team should be cemented for a long time to come.
The young bucks are representing the new generation of Zoo well with Matt Miller and Ron Deily leading the charge. And young Chaz Ortiz proves that his street skills can compliment his contest accomplishments well.
My personal favorite part in the vid is rising star, Eli Reed. man that kid is amazing; his switch skills are so on point and his mix of really tech and seriously gnar is perfect.
For me, the highlight of this video was the serious emphasis on gritty East Coast spots that really add character and personality to the vid. If you're from the East Coast, you know that many of these spots are way more difficult to skate than they appear. Well done Zoo crew. Well done!